PRICE-Our loving husband, father, Poppy, brother, uncle and friend, Bert Lynn Prichard, age 86, passed away Oct. 16, 2011, while surrounded by his loving family at Utah Valley Specialty Hospital in Provo.
He was born Aug. 29, 1925 in Price, Utah to Guy and Lillie Lind Prichard and at the age of 7 his mother passed away. His father married Kate Lemmon and the family was blessed with their second mother.
On Oct. 13, 1945, he married the love of his life Ruth Ann Stone in Lehi, Utah.
Bert was a lifelong resident of Carbon County and graduate of Carbon High School Class of 1943. He later attended Carbon College where he received his Associate's degree. Bert was deeply proud of his country, the American flag and all that it stood for. He honorably served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and Korea where he was awarded the purple heart. Bert was a member of the D.A.V., V.F.W. Post # 2379, Marine Corps League, and the Price American Legion.
In his earlier years, Bert was co-owner and operator of Prichard Transfer where he worked alongside his father Guy, and brothers LeGrande and Leon. Bert later owned Pine Canyon Company where he will always be remembered for his dedication to his work and for making many lifelong friendships. In 1993, he retired from Pine Canyon. Although they closed the doors to the shop, his home was always open to his buddies for an enjoyable visit or a good game of cards.
In 2000, Bert was baptized as a member of Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. He was a life member of the Price Elk's Lodge #1550 and a former member of Carbon Lodge #16 F.& A.M. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and he was very proud of them. Bert will be dearly missed by all.
The family would like to thank Parkdale Care Center, Pinnacle Nursing and Rehabilitation, Castleview Hospital, Community Nursing Services, especially Shaniel Donaldson, Jennifer and Ashley. The family would also like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Utah Valley Speciality Hospital for making Bert's last hours so comforting for him and his entire family.
Survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Ruth S. Prichard; daughters, Ruth Ann (Paul) Leturgez, Price; Barbara (Anthony) Metelko, Spring Glen; daughter-in-law, Debbie Prichard and Greg Falk, Price; six grandchildren, Paulie (Cory) Vogrinec, Annette (Bobby) Etzel, Mark (Carla) Metelko, Alisha (Chayse) Hansen, Mike (Melissa) Prichard, Moira (Jared) Madrid; 12 great-grandchildren, Michaela, Robbi, Melissa, Kirsten, Graycie, Mikey, Cole, Maizen, Miley, Caleigh, Canon, Mattie and anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby Jack in November; sister, Irene (Neldon) Lemon, Moab; many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, son Norman L. Prichard; brothers, LeGrande, Loraine and Leon Prichard; sisters, Fern Prichard, Mildred Larcher and Georgia Anderson.
Funeral Mass, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, 10 a.m., Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, Price.Vigil service Wednesday evening 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday and Thursday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Price City Cemetery, Price.
In remembrance of Bert, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Notre Dame Building Fund or a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Bert at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.